Archive for November 17th, 2005

The Open Source WRT54G Story

There’s an awesome article at Wi-FiPlanet regarding “The Open Source WRT54G Story,” which details the open-source nature of Linksys’s WRT-54G wireless broadband router.

But ultimately, under outside pressure to deliver on their legal obligation under the GPL, Linksys open sourced the WRT54G firmware in July 2003.

With the code in hand, developers learned exactly how to talk to the hardware inside and how to code any features the hardware could support. It has spawning a handful of open source firmware projects for the WRT54G that extend its capabilities, and reliability, far beyond what is expected from a cheap consumer-grade router.

The article is both informative and entertaining. And it does a good job in selling the WRT-54G. I think I’m gonna go buy one next payday. What’s cooler than a hackable wireless router?

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